TUCSON, Ariz. (PRWEB) June 28, 2019
As we age, there may be barriers for elders that prohibit social activity and engagement. Spouses and friends pass away, mobility becomes more difficult, and driving is no longer a possibility. However, the loss of interaction with others can result in poorer health outcomes. According to the NIH, social isolation can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.
Some signs that an older adult is at risk of social isolation include:
- Living alone
- Family living at a distance
- Poor hearing and/or vision
- Memory loss or other cognitive problems
- Difficulty getting around (trouble walking, unable to drive or access transportation)
- Significant life changes such as the recent loss of a partner or moving to a new home
Fortunately, social isolation does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Some ways to make sure that older adults stay engaged are:
- Visiting children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors
- Participating in faith activities, services, and social events
- Signing up for trips sponsored by local community centers
- Volunteering at schools, hospitals, or local non-profit organizations
- Taking classes or attending lectures at local libraries, schools, and other community venues
- Joining a book group or social club
If you or a loved one are feeling isolated, but unsure where to start, an Aging Life Care Professional can help. Also known as geriatric care managers, these experts can help older adults connect to different resources in their area, from organizations that host events to transportation. Many of them provide check-ins to the older adult at home, providing an opportunity for conversation, connection, and support.
If your family is in need of care management services, you can find an Aging Life Care Professional near you at aginglifecare.org.
ABOUT the Aging Life Care Association ® (ALCA): ALCA (formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families in the United States. Aging Life Care Professionals® have extensive training and experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of Aging Life Care™ and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information or to access a nationwide directory of Aging Life Care Professionals, please visit http://www.aginglifecare.org